Holy Cross SC wins 19th provincial title in Newfoundland Labrador
Posted on 4 September 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Holy Cross SC won the 2017 Newfoundland Labrador provincial championship to qualify for the 2017 Toyota National Championships on Sunday 3 September. Holy Cross won 3:1 over defending provincial champions St. Lawrence Laurentians, who were also the 2017 regular-season champions.
Down 0-1, Holy Cross SC's Andrew Stanford scored the equaliser in the 25th minute just a minute after St. Lawrence's Jordan Caines had opened the scoring. Just six minutes later, Holy Cross went ahead 2-1 on a St. Lawrence once goal after a failed deflection. Before the end of the first half, the Holy Cross defence made a goalline save with a header to maintain the slim lead.
Inside the last 10 minutes of the second half, Tyler Kirby finally gave Holy Cross SC the breathing room after he scored the 3-1 goal in the 82nd minute. Home side Holy Cross SC then lifted the provincial trophy in front of the 3,000 fans at King George V Park in St. John's.
This marks the 19th time that Holy Cross SC has won the provincial title since they captured the inaugural championship back in 1950. National champions in 1988, Holy Cross SC have recently won seven of the last nine Newfoundland Labrador provincial championships since 2009.
Holy Cross now returns to Toyota National Championships Challenge Trophy finals, which this year will be played in Surrey, British Columbia from 4-9 October. Holy Cross SC are in Group A alongside Saskatoon HUSA Alumni, Western Halifax FC, the Alberta champions (to be determined 4 September), and Vancouver Club Inter FC.
In the 2017 Newfoundland Labrador championship, the Holy Cross SC starting XI featured Thomas Pieroway (goal), Jake Warren, Alex Pretty, Andrew Stanford, Fomba Fombullah, Sean Henderson, Tyler Kirby, Michael Dunne, Jacob Grant, Isaac Bonisteel, and Harry Carter. Substitutes Corey Simmonds, Cesar Figueroa, and Alex Dolomount all featured while Jack Hayward, George Brokenshire, Logan Strickland, Owen McAleese, and Gary McKeown dressed but did not feature. Regular captain Jeffrey Slaney was unavailable through suspension.
Incidentally, two Holy Cross SC teams will attend this year's Toyota National Championships. While the men qualified for the Challenge Trophy finals, the women qualified two weeks earlier as provincial champions for the national Jubilee Trophy finals.
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships serves as our nation’s premier amateur competition, with the 2017 edition featuring close to 600 clubs from across the country competing for a spot at one of three locations: the men’s Challenge Trophy and women’s Jubilee Trophy finals in Surrey, British Columbia; the boys and girls U-17 Cup finals in Fredericton, New Brunswick; and the boys and girls U-15 Cup finals in Calgary, Alberta. The Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers. These competitions are complimented by both the Futsal Canadian Championship and the Canadian Championship featuring Canada’s professional clubs.
With photo and files from Colleen McConnell